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Kuala Lumpur
12 January 2015


Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) today announced the resignation of Dato' Sri Dr. Halim Shafie as Chairman of TM Board. With the departure of Dato' Sri Dr. Halim, TM also announced the appointment of its new Chairman, Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob effective 12 January 2015.


On behalf of TM, Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd. Isa, Group Chief Executive Officer, expressed his gratitude to Dato' Sri Dr. Halim for his dedication, leadership and contribution to the TM Group during his tenure. "We would like to take this opportunity to record our highest appreciation to Dato' Sri Dr. Halim for his immense contribution to TM. Having long served the telecommunications industry, his stewardship and guidance have led the Company to where it is today. During his chairmanship, TM has achieved several key milestones including the successful roll-out of the High Speed Broadband (HSBB) project as well as the introduction of UniFi, the first triple-play service in the country – driving TM beyond being the Broadband Champion towards becoming the nation's one and true Convergence Champion. In addition, Dato' Sri Dr. Halim has been a strong and passionate advocate for education as the Chairman of Multimedia University (MMU) and the Company's Corporate Responsibility (CR) which saw his commitment and participation in various initiatives including ICT-related nation building, community-based and environmental awareness programmes."


Dato' Sri Dr. Halim was appointed as Chairman of TM Board in July 2009.


"We will continue to support Dato' Sri Dr. Halim in his new appointment at Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in realising the digital agenda for the nation. We, at TM, will definitely miss him. Nevertheless, Dato' Sri Dr. Halim will be key in pushing our country further in telecommunications, multimedia and ICT," enthused Tan Sri Zamzamzairani.


Commenting on the new Chairman's appointment, Tan Sri Zamzamzairani said, "We are happy to welcome Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob as the new Chairman of TM Board. With his vast experience and knowledge, we look forward to Tan Sri's guidance and leadership as the Company continues on its transformation journey and next phase of growth." 


Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob, 65, is currently the Chairman of the Minority Shareholders Watchdog Group (MSWG), Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) and Jambatan Kedua Sdn. Bhd. Amongst others, he also serves as a member of the board of several institutions including Bank Negara Malaysia and Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) and Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad (FGVH). He also teaches economics and public policy as Adjunct Professor at the University of Malaya, and at Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNITAR).


He was a former civil servant and has served the Malaysian Government for over 40 years. During the course of his civil service career, he served various ministries and departments, including the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, and the National Economic Action Council (NEAC). His last position was Director General of the Economic Planning Unit (2006-2009) of the Prime Minister's Department. Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Sulaiman has also served at the Institute of Integrity Malaysia (IIM), as its first founding President and he was previously the Chairman of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) till 28 May 2012. Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Sulaiman had also served on the boards of Petronas, Companies Commission of Malaysia, Malaysia Insurance Deposit Corporation (PIDM) and MCMC.

Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Sulaiman is trained in economics, first at the University of Malaya, and then at University of London. He completed his Ph.D. study at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in USA in early 1986.


"We would like to wish Dato' Sri Dr. Halim all the best in his future undertakings. On that note, we would also like to welcome Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Sulaiman as the new Chairman of TM Board," ended Tan Sri Zamzamzairani.​

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